How People Grow Workbook: What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth

Paperback | August 28, 2002

byHenry Cloud, John Townsend

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You've heard lots of "biblical" answers, but the question remains . . . How Do You Grow? Our desire to grow runs deep. Yet the issues in our lives that we wish would change often stay the same, even with our best efforts to build ourselves up spiritually. What does growth look like-and how can we grow? Unpacking the practical and passionate theology that forms the backbone of their counseling, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and how growth happens. You'll discover ·What the essential processes are that make people grow ·How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology ·How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same ·What the specific tasks and tips are that will help pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing-and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth Shining focused light on the great doctrines and themes of Christianity, How People Grow shows why all personal growth is spiritual growth. Designed for use with How People Grow, the How People Grow Workbook will help you translate biblical principles into a practical path of growth in all the vital areas of your life-your relationship with God, your marriage and family life, your friendships, your sticking points, your personal development, and everything that life is about. Suitable for personal or small group use, this fascinating, hands-on volume is filled with true-life examples, questions for reflection or discussion, "Tips for Growers," and probing insights that can help you experience the kind of change and growth you've longed for-and that Jesus has promised.

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You've heard lots of "biblical" answers, but the question remains . . . How Do You Grow? Our desire to grow runs deep. Yet the issues in our lives that we wish would change often stay the same, even with our best efforts to build ourselves up spiritually. What does growth look like-and how can we grow? Unpacking the practical and passi...

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You've heard lots of "biblical" answers, but the question remains . . . How Do You Grow? Our desire to grow runs deep. Yet the issues in our lives that we wish would change often stay the same, even with our best efforts to build ourselves up spiritually. What does growth look like--and how can we grow? Unpacking the practical and p...

 Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times best-selling author with his books selling more than 10 million copies. As a speaker, Dr. Cloud has shared the stage with many business and global leaders and experts, such as Tony Blair, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, an...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 28, 2002Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310245699

ISBN - 13:9780310245698

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the How People Grow Workbook 7PART ONEParadise Lost1. Harder Than I Thought 112. Seeing the Big Picture 173. How the Big Picture Affects the Small 32PART TWOThe Master Gardener: The God of Growth4. The God of Grace 435. Jesus: Our Example for Living 516. The Holy Spirit 64PART THREEFinding the Best Climate7. God's Plan A: People 798. Open Spaces: The Power of Acceptance 959. The Warmth of the Sun: Forgiveness 105PART FOURThe Path of Growth10. The Gardener's Handbook: The Bible 12111. No Pain, No Gain:The Role of Suffering and Grief 13112. Growing Tasty Fruit:Becoming a Righteous Person 14713. The Value of Pruning: Discipline 15414. Water from a Deeper Well: Spiritual Poverty 16715. Following the Gardener: Obedience 17816. Pulling the Weeds:The Problem of Sin and Temptation 19117. Facing Reality: How Truth Deepens Growth 20618. Putting on the Gloves:The Importance of Activity 22219. Waiting for the Harvest: Time 232

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Cloud and Townsend, clinical psychologists who are the Gold Medallion Award-winning authors of Boundaries, attempt in this book to chart personal growth from a biblical perspective. Rather than suggesting that real growth happens only to Christians, they argue that most effective therapeutic methods, even those that are ostensibly secular, use biblical concepts. As such, they look to Scripture for the very best strategies for spiritual and emotional growth. While they are critical of a one-size-fits-all approach to human suffering, they do prescribe a combination of prayer, Bible study and regular contact with a 'growth group' for virtually every problem they address. The growth groups they describe are populated by healthy, vulnerable people who are willing to confront each other lovingly and own up to mistakes and failures. Cloud and Townsend argue persuasively that such groups facilitate dramatic changes in individuals' lives, but leave the logistical problem of finding such evolved folks to the reader. Perhaps the most radical message of the book is that failure is the norm, even for the most devout. Not only do the authors repeatedly give examples of the best Christians committing the worst sins, but they also insist that such wrongdoing never warrants condemnation from God or other believers. Instead, they argue, sinners must experience total acceptance and love before true repentance and change can occur. This solid, Bible-based argument against guilt and for grace is a powerful elixir for evangelicals who all too often hear the opposite message.